Opportunities for small nutrition-related cancer research grants (R03) from the National Cancer Institute.

Author(s): Nicastro HL,  Seifried HE,  Milner JA

Journal: J Nutr

Date: 2011 Oct

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): CPFP, NSRG

PubMed ID: 21865560

PMC ID: PMC3174854

Abstract: Small research grants, or R03 grants, provide limited, short-term support for individual research projects. R03s may be an excellent means of support for projects by nutrition scientists at all stages in their careers. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded roughly one-half of all nutrition-related NIH R03 grants in the period from 2005 to 2010. A detailed review of the recent NCI grant portfolio identified potential strategies for successful applications. Projects that addressed important nutrition and cancer issues had feasible and appropriate specific aims, were innovative, and were based on sound concepts were most positively viewed by reviewers. Furthermore, applicants with suitable expertise, training, mentorship, and records of accomplishment who, when appropriate, collaborated with investigators with complementary knowledge and skills were more likely to receive higher priority scores.